Program dedicated to political songwriter and performer Phil Ochs (1940-1976) that includes a May 1973 Studs Terkel interview with Ochs and close friend Bob Gibson, and Ed Pearl interviewing Ochs' brother and manager Michael. Studs Terkel interview includes Ochs and Gibson singing songs from and discussing Ochs' life and musical career. Michael Ochs talks to Ed Pearl about Phil and plays songs from Chords of Fame, a best-of compilation Michael produced months after Phil's death. Broadcast on KPFK in 1981.
The preservation of these tapes was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by listeners of Pacifica Radio in 2010. Preservation services provided by George Blood Audio and Video.
September 23, 2015 Subject:
Great to hear !!
Phil Ochs is a greatly under appreciated folk song hero who unfortunately spent much of his career overshadowed by the more successful, but much less political, Bob Dylan. A truly tragic figure who suffered from bi-polar disorder and alcoholism was yet still clearly cogent in this 1973 interview. Unfortunately the demons in his head won with his suicide in 1975. However, this interview is great to hear him and Bob Gibson reminisce and play through some old tunes.